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Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods / Woods Bagot

  • 17:00 - 21 June, 2018
  • Curated by María Francisca González
Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods / Woods Bagot
Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods / Woods Bagot, © Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Adelaide SA, Australia
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Thomas Masullo, Milos Milutinovic, Nicholas Ng, Yeung Cheng
  • Collaborative Partner

    Tridente Architects
  • Client

    Renewal SA
  • Area

    47000.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

Text description provided by the architects. Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods is the centrepiece of a globally recognised urban redevelopment in Adelaide. The Tonsley mixed-use redevelopment is Australia's first to be awarded the 6 Star Green Star – Communities certification by the Green Building Council of Australia.

© Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

Against the backdrop of Australia's declining manufacturing economy, the site of the former Mitsubishi car factory has been transformed into a vibrant knowledge precinct supporting clean technologies, sustainable industries, advanced manufacturing, education, and research.

© Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

The repurposing of the Main Assembly Building is the work of global architecture studio Woods Bagot, with Adelaide-based Tridente Architects. Since its completion in 2015 it has been recognised with national and international awards for sustainable architecture, urban renewal and adaptive re-use. The broader precinct has also just been honoured with the Property Council of Australia's 2018 award for best development innovation.

© Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

The building's design foretold what a new industrial employment precinct could look like. The ‘umbrella’ of the existing structure celebrates the industrial heritage of the building, creates a unique public destination, and delivers a clear layout with a highly flexible work environment. The tenancies use a ‘pod’ approach that are adaptable, flexible and highly functional. 

Concept plans - Tenancy sub divisions
Concept plans - Tenancy sub divisions

“Rather than follow the typical industrial park approach, which would have had limited value to industry and the wider community, we chose to imagine a thriving community within the significant industrial remains of the Tonsley site,” said Milos Milutinovic, project leader for Woods Bagot.

© Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

Sustainability was paramount – not only in environmentally sustainable design but also through the economic, social and cultural impact of the site's regeneration. Being a sustainability leader was a key ambition in the redevelopment of the entire 61ha site masterplanned by Woods Bagot.

© Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

Bringing together leading research and education institutions, established businesses and start-ups, as well as government and community groups, Tonsley will one day be home to around 1,200 residents in 850 dwellings. More than 70 businesses already operate from this technology test-bed.

Drawing 01
Drawing 01

-     The adaptive re-use saved 90,000 tons of embodied carbon, equivalent to 25,000 cars being taken off the road
-     A 4 megawatt solar array on the roof produces affordable and sustainable energy for tenants
-     Communications infrastructure provides connected technology as a basis for a Smart Grid Energy system
-     Four urban forests inside the building provide naturally shaded green spaces, cool the air and reduce the sun’s thermal load on the roof

© Sam Noonan
© Sam Noonan

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Cite: "Tonsley Main Assembly Building and Pods / Woods Bagot" 21 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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